From dual processes to multiple selves: Implications for economic behavior

Carlos Alós-Ferrer, Fritz Strack

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This article presents a short review of dual-process and dual-system theories from social and cognitive psychology and comments on their relevance for research on economic behavior. We view dual-process theories as a theoretical scaffolding which helps structure and interpret experimental results and can deliver important insights on human behavior in economic contexts. Dual-process ideas and concepts have already started to percolate into economics, contributing to the behavioral turn and the incorporation of bounded rationality into economic theory. The most recent development in this direction is represented by multiple selves models, which we view as a promising first step. We conclude the article with a brief discussion of the remaining articles in the special issue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Economic Psychology
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Dual-process models
  • Dual-system theories
  • Multiple-selves models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Applied Psychology
  • Economics and Econometrics


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